We're starting to see the new Melrose Place lineup take shape, but the powers that be need your help! The CW has recently green-lit the pilot, to be directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth — yes, you read that correctly).
First up, Swingtown's Michael Rady (he has also appeared on Greek) has signed on to fill the new "Billy" slot as an aspiring filmmaker. Next: Katie Cassidy, Supernatural's demon Ruby and a cast member of CBS' upcoming Harper's Island (which, if you've read anything about the horror-mystery drama, chances are she dies, so don't worry), is playing a character that sounds a lot like Amanda Woodward.
Rumors persist that the producers are actively pursuing Grant Show and Heather Locklear to reprise their roles from the original. Then there is that pesky Mischa Barton rumor.
But before things get out of hand, let's offer them our two cents, shall we? Read on to see who we think should join the new Melrose cast...
Anastasia Griffith, Carly Pope
We said, "Give this star a show," and they gave her one. Anastasia Griffith (aka Ellen's sis-in-law on Damages) has scored a gig on Trauma, NBC's drama pilot about first-response paramedics. Griffith will play ...
Melissa George, Cole Hauser
Abruptly exiting Grey's Anatomy didn't leave Melissa George out of work for long. The Aussie beauty has in short order joined the ensemble cast of CBS' as-yet-untitled legal drama about federal prosecutors based out of Manhattan.
George, says the Reporter, will play a Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney who ...
Kim Raver, Alyssa Milano
Lipstick would seem to be running out. That is, Lipstick Jungle's chances of a pick-up by NBC.
On the heels of Lindsay Price being cast in the ABC pilot Eastwick, Kim Raver has landed a female lead in Inside the Box, the new drama being exec-produced by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and set at a Washington network news bureau.
Raver will play Samantha ...
Katie Cassidy, Steven R. McQueen
Supernatural alumna and daughter-of-David Katie Cassidy is packing her bags for Melrose Place, the CW's pilot reboot of the frothy Fox series. Cassidy, says Variety, will fill the role of Ella, a stylish up-and-coming publicist.
Although Cassidy has the female lead (as the would-be bride) in CBS' Harper's Island, premiering April 9, Melrose will ...
LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell
The deals are now done, and Chris O'Donnell and recording artist LL Cool J are on board for CBS" much-ballyhooed NCIS spinoff.
O'Donnell will play Callen, a chameleon-like lead agent, while LL's character, a former Navy SEAL, is described as hard on the outside but "thoughtful, eloquent and disarmingly charming" under the surface.
Previously announced castings include CSI alumna ...
Amy Acker and David Morse
I have said it before, I say it again: The Buffyverse is en fuego these days.
Angel's Amy Acker, who currently is sporting some nassssty scars on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, has joined ABC's murder-mystery pilot Happy Town, playing the wife of Geoff Stults' top cop.
Elsewhere on the Alphabet network, both Michael Nouri and David Morse have taken residence in Empire State, playing ...
Jamey Sheridan, Derek Luke
Derek Luke, a breakout young film star as Antwone Fisher, has sewn up a starring role in Trauma, an NBC pilot about a team of EMTs.
Also signing on for the procedural is Kevin Rankin (Friday Night Lights). Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Cliff Curtis ...
Jason George, Sarah Drew
Three more actors are heading Inside the Box, the ABC pilot penned by Richard Robbins and exec-produced by Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Set at a Washington network news bureau and revolving around Caroline, an ambitious female reporter, Inside the Box will feature Everwood alum (and recent Private Practice guest star) Sarah Drew as ...
Jeff Probst might want to make more room in his Emmy cabinet.
CBS has ordered two more editions of Survivor, set to be broadcast during the 2009-2010 television season. The new cycles will extend broadcast TV's longest-running reality competition to its 19th and 20th editions.
Probst, who won the first reality-TV hosting Emmy ever, will continue his duties as emcee.